Formula 1 | Azerbaijan Grand Prix | Preview and Odds

The Formula One campaign heads to Azerbaijan for only the second time following its introduction into the schedule last season.

An eventful race saw plenty of spills and action before Daniel Ricciardo eventually took the chequered flag last year in Baku, but can he make it back-to-back wins following his surprise success in China last time out and throw the cat amongst the pigeons once more?

Our F1 expert gives you the rundown on the best odds available ahead of the big race this weekend.

Now or never for Hamilton?

Lewis Hamilton said before the Chinese Grand Prix that it was the make or break weekend in his hunt for a fifth world title.

However, the reigning World Champion continues to be in the running despite a fifth-place finish last time out, but that was only due to Vettel himself finishing back in eighth place in Shanghai.

Hamilton, who took pole in the first running of the race last year and is a 11/8 favourite with this year, only trails the German by nine points now going into this weekend’s race and will be eager to secure a maximum return this race weekend.

Vettel eyes podium return

Had Sebastian Vettel won in China last time, history looked to be on his side as he looked to secure his fifth title – No driver has failed to win the title after winning the opening three races of the season.

The 33-year-old will be eager to make it three from four though and can be backed 5/2 to take the win on Sunday.

Ricciardo to make it back-to-back wins?

The Red Bull duo of Ricciardo and Max Verstappen seem to have set the early pace having finished the second qualifying session in first and third, with Kimi Raikkonen sandwiched in between.

Ricciardo will be full of confidence going into the weekend following the win in China and that will have been boosted even further by his showing in the first two practices ahead of the all-important qualifying tomorrow.

You can always guarantee excitement with the young Dutchman Verstappen, but his unpredictable nature doesn’t make him a very appealable bet at 11/2.

Therefore, the only option for me is to go with his more consistent and reliable Australian team-mate and he is available at 7/2 to continue his good recent run which looks like a very reasonable price considering his form.




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